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The Cabinet Papers 1915-1986, The National Archives

A selection of British cabinet papers from 1915 to 1986. The documents are divided into three categories: The United Kingdom and the World; The Economy, Business and Resources; and Society and the Welfare State.



Operation War Diary: Reports from the Front, The National Archives and The Imperial War Museums

This project has digitized 1.5 million pages of unit war diaries from the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War. Its crowd-sourcing features allow users to help tag and classify the collection.



Focus on film: The Great War, National Archives Learning Curve

A collection of short clips with background information from The National Archives’ Film Archives. The material is predominantly from 1915-16 and focuses on the Battle of the Somme.



Lions Led by Donkeys, University of Birmingham

This project documents British generals in the First World War. A career description has been written for each general, detailing matters such as their recruitment, promotion and dismissal.



British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent

The British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent’s Templeman Library holds collections by over three hundred cartoonists. Many of these have been digitised and catalogued, and can be found among the 170,000 digitized items on the BCA website.



First World War Project of The National Archives

Offers a vast collection of digitized images and documents on British involvement in the First World War. The collection includes digitized soldiers’ service and pension records, British war diaries, Women’s Auxiliary Service records, to name just a few.



The First World War: Sources for History, National Archives & the Imperial War Museums

The online exhibition makes available a selection of varied WWI source material (documents, film and sound) held by The National Archives and the Imperial War Museums. The main galleries, “The First World War, 1914-18” and “Aftermath,” feature documents giving an overview of the overall history of the war and its consequences. “Britain and the War” looks at its effect on Britain. “The Military Conflict” provides examples of records relating to the fighting, while “Service Records for the First World War” introduces visitors to the main categories of service records.



Collections Search, Imperial War Museums, London

A catalogue of more than 600,000 items, including aircraft, weapons, interviews, music, posters, letters and more from the Imperial War Museums' collections. 90,000 objects also have digitized images, sound or video.



The First World War Poetry Archive, University of Oxford

An online repository of more than 7,000 items of text, images, audio and video. The archive consists of collections of primary material from major poets of the period. This is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museums, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public (see “The Great War Archive” at http://ww1lit.nsms.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa/), and a set of specially developed educational resources.



World Wars, World War One, BBC History

A collection of articles on the causes, events and people of WWI, as well as virtual tours, animated maps and other, largely copyrighted, material such as photographs.



HANSARD 1803-2005, Hansard Digitization Project, Directorate of Information Services of the House of Commons & the Library of the House of Lords

An online archive of British parliamentary debates, written answers and statements, Lords and Grand Committee reports, lists of speakers, constituencies, offices, acts, bills, and divisions, digitalized by Hansard, the Official Report of debates in the British Parliament.



World War One Website of the British Library

This website contains numerous articles, digitized sources, photos, and teaching materials on all topics related to World War One. It has a particularly extensive section devoted to the historiography of the First World War.



First World War Official Photographs, National Library of Scotland

An easily searchable and extensive collection of photographs from the First World War.



First World War in Focus, National Army Museum, London

Discover personal stories from the National Army Museum’s Collection demonstrating the impact of the war. Explore an interactive global map, timeline and further sources.



First World War Volunteers, British Red Cross

The database contains the records of some 90,000 volunteers who served in the United Kingdom and on the European continent.


Scotland’s First World War Sites, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

Database of nearly 1,200 locations in Scotland each containing a varying quantity of images. Search catalogues for prints, drawings and manuscripts as well as specific subjects such as training trenches, airfields, hospitals, monuments, objects and maritime items.



First World War, National Army Museum

Providing stories, events, first-hand accounts, and materials, the National Army Museum’s website provides numerous utilities to study the British Army during the First World War.



"Take Up the Sword of Justice," British Posters of World War One from the Roger N. Mohovich Collection, Georgetown University

The online exhibition displays 25 British posters created during WWI and held by the Roger N. Mohovich Collection.




Ireland WWI

An information hub and networking forum for scholars, projects, and organizations studying Ireland’s role in the First World War, including centenary commemorations. Features profiles of researchers, academic and public projects, and related museums and associations, as well as a bibliography of relevant titles and a list of educational resources.



The 1916 Rising: Personalities and Perspectives, National Library of Ireland

The online exhibition/educational resource provides context information as well as a rich variety of material including books, newspapers, photographs, drawings, maps, proclamations and manuscript material (approx. 500 items) on the Irish Easter Rising in 1916.



Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish Academy

A gateway to Irish digital collections and resources, information and knowledge, with a small collection of WWI material.



Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, Royal Irish Academy

An online collection of original documents concerning Irish foreign policy, including many on WWI



Century Ireland 1913-1923

An online historical newspaper that tells the story of Irish life a century ago. News reporting on life in Ireland is supported by a wealth of visual, archival and contextual material to facilitate an understanding of the complexities of Irish life 100 years ago.



Letters of 1916, Maynooth University

A crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916).



Soldiers’ Wills, The National Archives of Ireland

A digitized collection of the wills of Irish soldiers who died while serving in the British Army. The majority of wills date from World War I.



It’s a Long Way to Tipperary: An Irish Story of the Great War, University of Limerick

This online exhibition charts the lives of the Armstrong family from Moyaliffe, Co. Tipperary, Ireland during the First World War, beginning in late June 1914. Readers can relive the experience of this family in wartime through weekly updates from their diaries and letters.



The First World War in the Royal Archives, The Royal Archives

A collection from the Royal Archives documenting the contribution of the Royal Family and the Royal Household during World War I, including diaries, personal letters, account books, and speeches.


Remembering the First World War: Home Front, Queen Mary University of London

An online exhibition which features diverse archival material, such as photographs, letters, documents, and objects, each with descriptive context, providing insights into wartime life on the British home front, including the experience of Belgian refugees.


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